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Continuing a series of studies made of the chalk cliffs at South Foreland near Dover in Kent, here Turner describes a view to the northeast, observed presumably from the shoreline.1 The handling is detailed and evocative, combining fluid, lengthy lines to denote the overarching shapes of the coastal rock forms, and short, jagged marks to conjure a sense of the intricate nooks and sharp edges of smaller shards. The inland topography seems undulating and unpredictable, and the effect is of an energetic landmass towering over a placid sea. For a list of the other drawings made at this location in the present sketchbook, see the entry for folio 8 recto (D17220).
Finberg 1909, I, p.606.
A leaf has been torn out between this and the facing page on folio 70 verso (D17327), leaving a short, jagged stub.